Many of us in the colder climates get bummed out about the end of the bike season, and truthfully sometimes it feels like I myself spend 6 months of the year trying to keep busy doing other things. In my last post I spoke about the fun that I have cross country skiing in the winter, and the great people you can meet on the same trails, just with a different perspective. I know that most people think of camping as a summertime only activity, but the winter (when properly prepared) can offer some exciting new dimensions and challenges to any backpacking or camping trip. Firstly, let’s be clear: I’m not talking about car-camping here, and obviously a canoe trip simply won’t work in -20°C, but for anyone who enjoys lots of time out in the bush, you’ve probably got a great pack, and like the idea of a point-to-point hike.
Hiking and camping in the winter can be a lot of fun, it’s a great chance for that base cardio exercise that all of us seek during the winter months, you can have a great time with friends, and the bright white snow is pretty nice at night time! There are lots of parks that offer great routes and trails that enthusiasts will hike all year long – and if there’s enough snow you can build shelter to keep you warm anywhere! This past weekend 3 of us went out to the Adirondack Mountains near Lake Placid in northern New York and had a blast! Though my friends and I stayed in a small “Lean To” and did a multiple day trip, day trips up some peaks or around big loops can be really gratifying as well. I think that any mountain biker with the proper outdoor gear would enjoy an excursion through the winter months, just maybe try a daytrip first!